Health in your 70s and beyond

Your lifestyle is directly affected by your health and it is vital to do all you can to maximise your wellbeing. It is possible to increase the number of years you live beyond 70 and equally possible to be more productive and energetic across these years. The great benefit of this is the increased opportunity to stay involved with family, friends, your community and your favourite activities.

So keep moving at least 30 minutes a day with a brisk walk, a game of golf or bowls, gardening – they’re all investments in your long-term mobility and energy levels. The range of opportunities open to you is far broader if you are in good health.

  • If you don’t already have one, find a GP you feel comfortable talking to
  • Make an annual visit to your GP an essential goal each birthday

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  • If you don't already have one, find a GP you feel comfortable talking to
  • Make an annual visit to your GP an essential goal each birthday
Talk to your GP about
  • Your family’s medical history
  • Weight, height and waist measure
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Type 2 diabetes risk
  • Skin cancer risk
  • Hearing and vision tests
  • Osteoporosis risk
  • An annual flu shot and other immunisations you may need
  • Screening for kidney disease
  • Screening for bowel cancer – every 2 years
  • Prostate cancer risk – talk to your GP about what action is appropriate for you
You may also like to talk to your GP about
  • Any erectile or urinary continence concerns
  • Any relationship problems 
  • Other tests relevant to your medical history
You can also help yourself by looking after your physical health
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink moderately – up to 2 standard drinks a day and 2 alcohol free days a week
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Keep active and maintain a healthy weight – a 30 minute walk every day will give you significant health benefits
Your mental health is also important

Some people – especially older people – consider depression to be a weakness of character and not a health problem, so they don’t talk about how they’re feeling. Depression is not a normal part of ageing. Depression and anxiety in men are common – one in eight men experience depression and one in five men experience anxiety at some stage in their lives. Depression and anxiety are illnesses, not weaknesses, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed to ask for help– the sooner the better. Your GP is a good place to start. Some signs of depression and anxiety include:

  • Often feeling down or anxious/uptight
  • Drinking or smoking too much
  • Withdrawing from family, friends and social situations
  • Stressing over small things
  • Feeling easily irritated, upset or angry
  • Feeling like you’re losing control

For more information on depression and anxiety checkout the beyondblue website (www.beyondblue.org.au) or call the beyondblue info line 1300 224 636.

Live life well, enjoy the ride and take care of yourself.

Live long, live well.

Things to remember
  • Depression in men in common and treatable
  • With the right treatment, most people recover from depression
  • It’s important to seek help early- the sooner the better

Live life well, enjoy the ride and take care of yourself.

Live long, live well.